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  1. Sep 30, 2014
    5
    Fairly Average overall. Sadly even the Gameboy/GBC versions have more depth. The controls are lackluster and leave several buttons unused, forcing you to go into a menu to do repetitive actions, and while the ability to replenish your bait with a single button press while fishing was a nice change, it won't let you re-position with your pole out like you could in the older games.

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    Fairly Average overall. Sadly even the Gameboy/GBC versions have more depth. The controls are lackluster and leave several buttons unused, forcing you to go into a menu to do repetitive actions, and while the ability to replenish your bait with a single button press while fishing was a nice change, it won't let you re-position with your pole out like you could in the older games.

    The social and RPG aspects are very lackluster and there's very little feedback on what you're doing (the character choice is also largely cosmetic, though the father's specialty rod makes an already easy game even more mindnumbingly boring). Not to mention the fishing system manages to be even more dumbed down then in the original version games for the Gameboy/GBC.

    This being fairly sad since again, this ISN'T the first game in the series, and with Natsume's experience with Harvest Moon, you'd think they'd have taken a few good ideas from that series to improve on what the original River King games did. Instead you get essentially the same game as for the gameboy, but with even less challenge and false depth through a leveling system that has basically no benefit and several largely meaningless mini-games, very poorly done side-quests, and bad controls.
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Mixed or average reviews - based on 7 Critics

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  1. 55
    Lacks the appeal of a Harvest Moon game and a fishing game. The act of catching fish isn't much fun, and neither are the RPG aspects.
  2. Yet to those who love roleplaying and fishing equally, River King is a must-have title. To those enlightened souls, I say this: Carpe Diem!
  3. This role-playing fishing game is marred by too-simple gameplay, a budget presentation, and an overall lack of depth.